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Events and News from Borderlands Books

APRIL, 2005

Chapter One - Event Information, News, and Special Feature

Robert J. Sawyer and Robert Charles Wilson, Monday, April 25th at 7:00 PM

Morbid Curiosity #9 Reading, Saturday, May 14th at 7:00 PM:

James Rollins, Saturday, May 21st at 2:00 PM

(for more information check the end of this section)


CORRECTION: We'd like to apologize to Hellnotes, who we  inadvertently failed to credit for the information on Neil Gaiman's ANANSI BOYS that we reprinted last newsletter.  For those of you who don't know about it, Hellnotes is an outstanding email newsletter for the horror field.  You can get more information (and subscribe) at .

In other Gaiman news, his website informs us that MIRRORMASK is coming out May 3rd, 2005:  "An oversized, beautifully designed volume destined to become a classic, MIRRORMASK tells the story of Helena, a fifteen-year-old girl who works for her family circus, juggling, selling popcorn, and cleaning up muck. While most kids long to run away and join the circus, Helena dreams of running away to the real world.
Until the day she wakes up to find herself in a strange new place populated by mysterious creatures -- a dreamworld where she is about to embark on a most amazing journey.
Augmented by notes and observations by best-selling author Neil Gaiman, and lushly illustrated by the film's director (and renowned artist) Dave McKean (including all of the more than 1700 story boards created for the film), MIRRORMASK is a funny, scary, magical fantasy for readers of all ages."  The book is $34.95, and you can preorder a copy (no need to prepay)  by calling or emailing us here at Borderlands.


The Nebula Nominees for 2005 have been announced.  The 2005 Nebula Awards weekend will be Thursday-Sunday, April 28-May 1, at the Allegro Hotel, in Chicago.   The awards are presented by SFWA.  For more information, see ( )

Nebula Nominees 2005

Best Novel:
PALADIN OF SOULS by Lois McMaster Bujold
OMEGA by Jack McDevitt
PERFECT CIRCLE by Sean Stewart
THE KNIGHT by Gene Wolfe

Best Novella:
"Walk in Silence" by Catherine Asaro
"Off on a Starship" by William Barton
"Time Ablaze" by Michael A. Burstein
"The Tangled Strings of the Marionettes" by Adam-Troy Castro
"Sergeant Chip" by Bradley Denton
"Arabian Wine" by Gregory Feeley
"The Cookie Monster" by Vernor Vinge
"The Green Leopard Plague" by Walter Jon Williams
"Just Like the Ones We Used to Know" by Connie Willis

Best Novelette:
"Zora and the Zombie" by Andy Duncan
"Paying It Forward" by Michael A. Burstein
"Basement Magic" by Ellen Klages
"The Voluntary State" by Christopher Rowe
"Dry Bones" by William Sanders
"The Gladiator's War: A Dialogue" by Lois Tilton

Best Short Story:
"The Strange Redemption of Sister Mary Anne" by Mike Moscoe
"Travels With my Cats" by Mike Resnick
"Embracing-The-New" by Benjamin Rosenbaum
"Shed Skin" by Robert J. Sawyer
"In the Late December" by Greg van Eekhout
"Aloha" by Ken Wharton

Best Script:
The Incredibles by Brad Bird
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind by Charlie Kaufman and Michel Gondry
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King by Fran Walsh & Philippa Boyens & Peter Jackson, based on the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien


The James Tiptree, Jr. Award is given to the work of science fiction or fantasy published in one year which best explores or expands gender roles.  The Award Council is pleased to announce the 2004 Tiptree Award  winners: Joe Haldeman's novel CAMOUFLAGE (Ace Books, 2004) and Finnish author Johanna Sinisalo's novel TROLL:  A LOVE STORY (Grove Press, 2004).  For more information about the awards, see ( ).  Thanks to Pat Murphy for the tip!


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Was asking $215,000 (Inventory, web site, data base, fixtures, supplies, equipment, computer, goodwill, etc). (About a quarter of Barry Bonds' 700th home run ball)

Some pictures at ( )

From The Office

From The Offire will return next month.

Book Club Info

CORRECTION: The Gay Men's Book Club will meet on Sunday, April 10th, at 5 PM to discuss LIGHT by M. John Harrison.  The book for May is TERMINAL CAFE by Ian McDonald.  Please contact the group leader, Christopher Rodriguez, at, for more information.

The Classic Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Club will meet on Sunday, April 17, at 6 PM to discuss KINDRED by Octavia Butler.  The book for May is TBA. Please contact Jude at for more information.

Upcoming Event Details

Monday, April 25th at 7:00 PM: Robert J. Sawyer, MINDSCAN (Tor) and Robert Charles Wilson, SPIN (Tor) -

Borderlands is excited to welcome Robert and Robert!  These two Canadian luminaries will be joining us to read and talk about their newest works.  Robert J. Sawyer is the Hugo and Nebula award winning author of 17 novels, including THE TERMINAL EXPERIMENT, FRAMESHIFT, FACTORING HUMANITY, CALCULATING GOD,  and the popular "Neanderthal Parallax" trilogy consisting of HOMINIDS (winner of the Hugo Award), HUMANS, and HYBRIDS.

Robert Charles Wilson is the author of 11 novels, including DARWINIA, BLIND LAKE, and CHRONOLITHS, and you should read this GOH speech from his website.  It is very perceptive, and very funny: ( )

Don't miss this unusual opportunity to meet these incredible authors.  

Saturday, May 14th at 7:00 PM, MORBID CURIOSITY #9 Reading -

It's that time again!  In one of our most popular and entertaining annual events, Automatism Press presents the latest edition of MORBID CURIOSITY (#9).  Morbid Curiosity focuses on TRUE first-person encounters with the unsavory, unwise, unorthodox, and unusual.  Morbid Curiosity #9 wakes up on the operating table, cleans up after its brother’s suicide, dates trannies, loses its home in a hurricane, spends hours in SF General’s emergency room, performs its first autopsy, works in a county jail, and much more.  The event is hosted by the fabulous Loren Rhoads, MORBID CURIOSITY's editor and publisher; readers will include Allegra Lundyworf, Beth Touchette-Laughlin, David Booth, Dorian Katz, John A. Domeier, Jude Gibson, RuthAnn Spike, Will Walker, and as always, M. Parfitt.  There may be more... We'll expect to see you there.

Saturday, May 21st at 2:00 PM: James Rollins, MAP OF BONES (Harper) - 

James Rollins is the author of four previous nationally best-selling novels: SUBTERRANEAN, EXCAVATION, DEEP FATHOM, and AMAZONIA.  An amateur spelunker and scuba enthusiast, he holds a doctorate in veterinary medicine from the University of Missouri.  He currently lives and writes in Sacramento, California.  His newest novel, MAP OF BONES, is  a gripping and explosive novel of an ancient conspiracy to create a terrifying new world order out of the ashes of modern civilization. . . From the jacket: "The crime is inhumanly cruel with horrific consequences both unthinkable and inevitable.  During a service at a cathedral in Cologne, Germany, a band of armed intruders dressed in monks' robes unleash a nightmare of blood and terror, ruthlessly gunning down worshippers and clergy alike.  The killers haven't come for the church's gold and valuable artwork, but for a priceless treasure secreted within: the preserved bones of the Three Magi who once came to pay homage to a newborn savior.  As they flee the carnage they have wrought, they carry a prize that could reshape the world."

Borderlands event policy - all events are free of charge.  You are welcome to bring copies of an author's books purchased elsewhere to be autographed (but we do appreciate it if you purchase something while at the event), except for some special events.  For most events you are welcome to bring as many books as you wish for autographs.  If you are unable to attend the event, we will be happy to have a copy of the author's book signed or inscribed for you.  We can then either hold it until you can come in to pick it up or we can ship it to you.  Just give us a call or drop us an email.  If you live out of town, you can also ship us books from your collection to be signed.  Call or email for details.

Chapter Two - Book Listings

Small Press Features

LOST WORLDS - THE JOURNAL OF CLARK ASHTON SMITH STUDIES, VOL. 2 by Scott Connors, ed. (Seele Brennt, Chapbook, $7.00)

THE DARK MAN - THE JOURNAL OF ROBERT E. HOWARD STUDIES, VOL. 8 by Mark Hall, ed. (Seele Brennt, Chapbook, $8.00)

STROKES: ESSAYS & REVIEWS 1966 - 1988 by John Clute (Cosmos Books, Hardcover, $39.95)

THE ASH-TREE PRESS ANNUAL MACABRE 2004 - THE LAST ‘QUEER STORIES FROM TRUTH’ by Jack Adrian, ed. (Ash-Tree Press, Limited Edition (500 copies) Hardcover, $43.00)

DREAD IN THE BEAST by Charlee Jacob (Necro Publications, Signed, Numbered Limited Edition (100 copies) Hardcover, $45.00, and Signed, Numbered Limited Edition (300 copies) Trade Paperback, $14.95)

ZOMBIE JAM by David J. Schow (Subterranean, Signed, Numbered Limited Edition (750 copies) Hardcover, $40.00)

HEATHCLIFF’S TALE by Emma Tenant (Tartarus - B, Signed,  Limited Edition (500 copies) Hardcover, $50.00)

MIDNIGHT MASS by F. Paul Wilson (Cemetery Dance, Signed numbered Limited Edition (448 copies) Hardcover in slipcase, $75.00)

POSING AS PEOPLE: THREE STORIES, THREE PLAYS by Orson Scott Card (Subterranean/Hatrack River Publications, Signed, Numbered Limited Edition (750 copies) Hardcover, $45.00)


CRYSTAL SOLDIER - GREAT MIGRATION DUOLOGY VOL. 1 by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller (Meisha Merlin, Hardcover, $25.95) - Signed by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller.

PARADOX - NULAPEIRON SEQUENCE VOL. 1 by John Meaney (Pyr Books, Hardcover, $25.00)

THE WILD GALAXY by William F. Nolan (Golden Gryphon, Hardcover, $25.95)

RELATIVITY - STORIES AND ESSAYS by Robert J. Sawyer (ISFiC Press, Hardcover, $25.00)

TOAST by Charles Stross (Cosmos Books, Hardcover, $29.99)

TERRY PRATCHETT: GUILTY OF LITERATURE by Andrew M. Butler, ed.(Old Earth Books, Trade Paperback, $22.00)

THE RETURN OF LORD RUTHVEN by Alexandre Dumas (Blackcoat, Trade Paperback, $20.95)

THE BLACK STRANGER AND OTHER AMERICAN TALES by Robert E. Howard (University Of Nebraska, Trade Paperback, $17.95)


INCUBI by Edward Lee (Necro Publications, Trade Paperback, $19.95) - Signed by the author.

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA by Gaston Leroux (Blackcoat, Trade Paperback, $24.95)

LORD RUTHVEN THE VAMPIRE by John William Polidori (Blackcoat, Trade Paperback, $20.95)

LETTERS FROM HADES by Jeffrey Thomas (Bedlam Press, Trade Paperback, $19.95) - Second printing.

A DEATH OF KINGS by M.A.R. Barker (Zottola Publishing, Trade Paperback, $19.95)

PRINCE OF SKULLS by M.A.R. Barker (Zottola Publishing, Trade Paperback, $19.95)

LORD OF SAMARCAND AND OTHER ADVENTURE TALES OF THE OLD ORIENT by Robert E. Howard (University Of Nebraska, Trade Paperback, $18.95)

ARTAHE - THE LEGACY OF JULES DE GRANDIN by Philippe Ward (Blackcoat, Trade Paperback, $22.95)

New and Notable

THE DISAPPOINTMENT ARTIST by Jonathan Lethem (Doubleday, Hardcover, $22.95)


THE OVERNIGHT by Ramsey Campbell (Tor, Hardcover, $24.95)

THE LIMITS OF ENCHANTMENT by Graham Joyce (Orion Books, Hardcover, $29.78)

THE OMINOUS OMNIBUS - A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS VOL. 1-3 by Lemony Snicket (HarperCollins, Hardcover, $19.99)

UNDERGROUND by Craig Spector (Tor, Hardcover, $23.95)

THE TRUTH BEHIND A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS by Lois H. Gresh (St. Martin's, Other Hardcover, $11.95)

H.P. LOVECRAFT: TALES by H.P. Lovecraft (Library of America, Other Hardcover, $35.00)

INTERSTELLAR PATROL VOL. 2 by Christopher Anvil (Baen, Hardcover, $26)

SUNSTORM - A TIME ODYSSEY VOL. 2 by Arthur C. Clarke (Ballantine, Hardcover, $25.95)

EXILE’S RETURN - CONCLAVE OF SHADOWS VOL. 3 by Raymond E. Feist (Eos, Hardcover, $25.95)

MAGIC OR MADNESS? by Justine Larbalestier (Razor Bill, Hardcover, $16.99)

KAFKA ON THE SHORE by Haruki Murakami (Knopf, Hardcover, $25.95)

DARK COMPANION by Andre Norton (Baen, Hardcover, $26.00)

THE WELL OF STARS by Robert Reed (Tor, Hardcover, $25.95)

THE SEVEN HILLS by John Maddox Roberts (Ace, Hardcover, $23.95)

MAGYK - SEPTIMUS HEAP VOL.1 by Angie Sage (Katherine Tegen, Hardcover, $16.99)

MYSTIC AND RIDER by Sharon Shinn (Ace, Hardcover, $23.95)

THE QUANTUM CONNECTION by Travis S. Taylor (Baen, Hardcover, $24.00)

ALTERNATE GENERALS THREE  by Harry Turtledove, ed. (Baen, Hardcover, $24.00)

THE MYSTERIES by Lisa Tuttle (Bantam Spectra, Hardcover, $21.00)

WE FEW - MARCH UPCOUNTRY, VOL. 4 by David Weber and John Ringo (Baen, Hardcover, $26.00)

TOUCHING DARKNESS - MIDNIGHTERS, VOL. 2 by Scott Westerfeld (Eos, Hardcover, $15.99)

PROMETHEUS PROJECT by Steve White (Baen, Hardcover, $24.00)

SPIN by Robert Charles Wilson (Tor, Hardcover, $25.95)

TUMBLING AFTER by Paul Witcover (Eos, Hardcover, $24.95)

THE WITCH’S BOY by Michael Gruber (HarperTempest, Other Hardcover, $16.99)

WILDWOOD ROAD by Christopher Golden (Bantam Spectra, Trade Paperback, $12.00)

EARTHBOUND by Richard Matheson (Tor, Trade Paperback, $13.95)


STEPHEN KING’S THE DARK TOWER: A CONCORDANCE vol.2 by Robin Furth (Scribner, Trade Paperback, $18.00)

TALES OF THE GRAND TOUR by Ben Bova (Tor, Trade Paperback, $15.95)

THE GYPSY by Steven Brust (Orb, Trade Paperback, $13.95)

THE SCEPTER’S RETURN - SCEPTER OF MERCY, VOL. 3 by Dan Chernenko (Roc, Trade Paperback, $15.95)

THE CRACK IN SPACE by Philip K. Dick (Vintage, Trade Paperback, $12.00)

EASTERN STANDARD TRIBE by Cory Doctorow (Tor, Trade Paperback, $12.95)

HOT AND SWEATY REX by Eric Garcia (Ace, Trade Paperback, $13.95)

INVENTING MEMORY by Anne Harris (Tor, Trade Paperback, $14.95)

THE ANGEL’S COMMAND by Brian Jacques (Firebird, Trade Paperback, $7.99)

MYRREN’S GIFT - QUICKENING VOL. 1 by Fiona McIntosh (Eos, Trade Paperback, $14.95)

LUD-IN-THE-MIST by Hope Mirlees (Cold Spring Press, Trade Paperback, $11.00)

INNOCENTS ABOARD by Gene Wolfe (Orb, Trade Paperback, $14.95)

DERIK’S BANE by Mary Janice Davidson (Berkley, Mass Market, $6.50)

DEADLY AFTER DARK - THE HOT BLOOD SERIES by Jeff Gelb, ed. (Pinnacle, Mass Market, $5.99)

SEEDS OF FEAR - THE HOT BLOOD SERIES by Jeff Gelb, ed. (Pinnacle, Mass Market, $5.99)

FIEND by Jemiah Jefferson (Leisure, Mass Market, $6.99)

RABID GROWTH by James A. Moore (Leisure, Mass Market, $6.99)

I HUNGER FOR YOU by Susan Sizemore (Pocket, Mass Market, $6.99)

THE AUTUMN CASTLE by Kim Wilkins (Aspect, Mass Market, $6.99)

DOWN TIME by Lynn Abbey (Ace, Mass Market, $6.99)

E. GODZ by Robert Aspirin and Esther Freisner (Baen, Mass Market, $6.99)

SETHRA LAVODE - VISCOUNT OF ADRILANKHA, VOL. 3 by Steven Brust (Tor, Mass Market, $7.99)

EMPIRE’S DAUGHTER - CHRONICLES OF KYLAN, VOL. 1 by Simon Brown (DAW, Mass Market, $6.99)

A PRINCESS OF MARS - JOHN CARTER VOL. 1 by Edgar Rice Burroughs (ibooks, Mass Market, $4.99)

THE WUNDER WARS - MAN-KZIN WARS, VOL. 10 by Hal Colebatch (Baen, Mass Market, $7.99)

SUPERLUMINAL by Tony Daniel (Eos, Mass Market, $7.99)

THE FAR SIDE OF EVIL by Sylvia Engdahl (Firebird, Mass Market, $6.99)

MIDNIGHT TIDES - MALAZAN, VOL. 5 by Steven Erikson (Bantam, Mass Market, $14.58)

THE COURSE OF EMPIRE by Eric Flint and K.D. Wentworth (Baen, Mass Market, $7.99)

DAUGHTER OF EXILE by Isabel Glass (Tor, Mass Market, $7.99)

A CAVERN OF BLACK ICE - SWORD OF SHADOWS VOL. 1 by J.V. Jones (Tor, Mass Market, $7.99)

TALE OF THE THUNDERBOLT - VAMPIRE EARTH, VOL. 3 by E.E. Knight (Roc, Mass Market, $6.99)

ALTA - DRAGON JOUSTERS, VOL. 2 by Mercedes Lackey (DAW , Mass Market, $6.99)

THE AWARE,THE - ISLE OF GLORY VOL. 1 by Glena Larke (Ace, Mass Market, $6.99)

CAGEBIRD by Karin Lowachee (Aspect, Mass Market, $6.99)

LENS OF THE WORLD by R.A. MacAvoy (ibooks, Mass Market, $6.99)

NEWTON’S WAKE: A SPACE OPERA by Ken MacLeod (Tor, Mass Market, $7.99)

CONQUEROR’S MOON - BOREAL MOON TALE, VOL. 1 by Julian May (Ace, Mass Market, $7.99)

MOON-FLASH by Patracia A. McKillip (Firebird, Mass Market, $7.99)

THE CREATURES OF MAN by Howard L. Myers (Baen, Mass Market, $7.99)

BEAST MASTER’S CIRCUS - BEAST MASTER VOL. 2 by Andre Norton (Tor, Mass Market, $6.99)

SAINT VIDICON TO THE RESCUE by Christopher Stasheff (Ace, Mass Market, $6.99)

AURORA by Mark W. Tidemann (ibooks, Mass Market, $7.99)

THE SACRED LAND by H.N. Turteltaub (Tor, Mass Market, $7.99)

CROWN OF SLAVES by David Weber (Baen, Mass Market, $7.99)

THE SECRET HOUR - MIDNIGHTERS, VOL. 1 by Scott Westerfeld (Eos, Mass Market, $6.99)

UGLIES by Scott Westerfeld (Simon and Schuster, Mass Market, $6.99)

SLAVES UNCHAINED by Susan Wright (Pocket, Mass Market, $6.99)

Featured Upcoming Titles

(These titles have not arrived yet.  You may pre-order any of these books by calling or emailing us.  Prices may be subject to change.  Of course, we have many more titles arriving each week . . . call or email us if you're curious about a particular upcoming title not listed here.)

SF and Fantasy

MIRRORMASK by Neil Gaiman, Illustrated by Dave McKean (William Morrow, Hardcover, $34.95) - see description above.

THE WAY TO GLORY by David Drake (Baen, Hardcover, $25.00) - The next eagerly-awaited Lt. Leary book is due May 1st.

THE RIVERS OF WAR by Eric Flint (Del Rey, Hardcover, $25.95) - First in a new series of alternate history novels from Eric Flint.

LIVE! FROM PLANET EARTH by George Alec Effinger (Golden Gryphon, Hardcover, $25.95)


SOLAR PONS: THE FINAL CASES by Basil Copper (Sarob Press, Limited Edition Hardcover, $49.50 and Signed Deluxe Limited Edition  Hardcover, $115) -  From Sarob Press: "Sarob Press is delighted to present five Solar Pons novels in the author’s preferred and definitive versions.  Each novella appeared in the early 1970's in much altered form - so much so that the author now disowns them. So, here are "The Adventures of ..." "The Haunted Rectory," "The Ignored Idols," "The Horrified Heiress," "The Baffled Baron" and "The Anguished Actor" just as the author intended. . . our previous Solar Pons volume SOLAR PONS VERSUS THE DEVIL’S CLAW published in 2004 sold out in both editions many weeks before publication.  We expect this book to sell just as quickly."

THE DARK DESTROYER by John Glasby (Sarob Press, Limited Edition Hardcover, $47.50 and Signed Deluxe Limited Edition  Hardcover, $100)

GHOST DANCE by Tony Richards (Sarob Press, Limited Edition Hardcover, $47.50 and Signed Deluxe Limited Edition  Hardcover, $100)

A STROKE OF MIDNIGHT by Laurell K. Hamilton (Ballantine, Hardcover, $23.95) - The new Merry Gentry novel.

DEAD BEAT: A NOVEL OF THE DRESDEN FILES by Jim Butcher (Roc, Hardcover, $23.95)

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